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Ross Maloy just wants to be a normal seventh grader. He doesn t want to lose his hair, or wear a weird hat, or deal with the disappearing friends who don t know what to say to the cancer kid. But with his recent diagnosis of a rare eye cancer, blending in is off the table.
Publisher: New York City, New York : Dial Books, ©2020.
ISBN: 9781984815149
Characteristics: 314 pages :,black and white illustrations ;,22 cm.


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Aug 18, 2020

As YA books go, this one is definitely a cut above — although it will inevitably be placed in a category with John Green’s work, which is tough competition. Authentic, at times intense, never morose or weepy; and thankfully, not contrived or manipulative as its subject matter would have risked becoming. Entering that most difficult age, where a kid’s social receptors become painfully acute, when self-image and peer relationships really begin to take center stage, Harrell’s protagonist finds himself “sticking out”, which is the polar opposite of his instinctive need to fit in, to merge seamlessly into his surroundings. I’m pretty sure that Harrell aimed the book at an early-teen audience, as evidenced by his inclusion of Ross’s “Batpig” comics, but most adults, especially those who find themselves dealing with teens, are likely to find it an easy, enjoyable read.

CCPL_Teens Apr 08, 2020

Even though it is about a 7th grade boy with cancer, this is not your typical "sad" book. Harrell does a great job with his main character, 12-year-old Ross who would like everyone at school to forget that he undergoing treatment for cancer and just go back to ignoring him as usual. Ross likes to draw so the story includes his drawings, including his ongoing Bat-pig comic. Funny and at times very bittersweet, this is a sure bet for middle school readers, especially those that like Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

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Oct 04, 2020

black_dog_5232 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 15


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